Maps on websites have become almost as de rigueur as search functions. In this brief talk from O'Reilly's 2005 Where 2.0 conference, Bret Taylor, a product manager at Google, states their intention to make adding maps just as easy as adding search, through the use of the Google Maps API.
A few audience questions are handled at the end. These touch on whether Google intends to be compatible with the Open Geospatial Consortium specifications and how Google categorizes feature data. Taylor answers what he can and forthrightly begs off when he needs to, but he holds to his position that maps are inevitable on websites and that Google intends to provide them.
Bret Taylor is a Product Manager for Google's Developer Programs. He joined Google in 2003 , managing products including Google Maps, the Google Maps API, Google Local, and Search Quality. Prior to Google, Bret worked as a software engineer at Reactivity, a startup incubator in Silicon Valley. He holds an MS and BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
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